New Orleans Arts

New Orleans Arts

Considering its good times reputation, its easy to overlook New Orleans Arts. There many fine museums in the Big Easy collectively worth several days of visits by you. The Must Visit category of museums include the Cabildo, Presbytere, New Orleans Museum of Art, Musee Conti and the National World War II Museum.

Musee’ Conti
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1964, this wax museum of 165 authentically costumed and realistically detailed wax figures covers New Orleans historic past, with a few Hollywood zingers thrown in. Note the Jelly Roll Morton jazz pianist exhibit and the exhibit of slave life in New Orleans when people of African descent lived in the center of a block, while people of European descent lived on the outside of the block facing the street.
ADMISSION: Adults $7, Ages 4-17 $6, Seniors $5.50
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 917 Rue Conti, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarter parking garages
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar
PHONE: 504-525-2605
WEBSITE: http://www.get-waxed.com

Historic New Orleans Collection
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1996, don’t let the traditional French Quarter entrance fool you, within the collection is the Williams Research Center which is the custodian of documents and artifacts that chronicle African American achievements in the city; as a whole the museum holdings seek to study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region; the gift shop, as you might expect, contains a wide price range of unique collectibles
ADMISSION: free self-guided tours of changing exhibitions in the Williams Gallery; $5 for other tours
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9:30a-4:30p, Sun 10:30a-4:30p
ADDRESS: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarter parking garages
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar
PHONE: 504-523-4662
WEBSITE: http://www.hnoc.org

The Cabildo
DESCRIPTION: Built by Spaniards in 1791 during their reign over New Orleans to house government offices; this fabulous Spanish arch and colonnade structure , flanks the right side of St. Louis Cathedral; the French later added a Mansard roof as a Louisiana State Museum today, it houses many historical artifacts about the Native American, Spanish, French and African experience in Louisiana and weaves them together to describe New Orleans evolved; among its creepier exhibits is the death mask of Napoleon; also a national landmark because it is where the Louisiana Purchase occurred in 1803, which doubled the size of the USA; other exhibits include the antebellum South, funeral customs of the region and the changing roles of women in the South
ADMISSION: $6 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors, Age 11 and under FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 701 Chartres Street at Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarter garages
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar
PHONE: 504-568-6968
WEBSITE: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabildo/cabildo.htm

The Presbytere
DESCRIPTION: An architectural kissing-cousin to the Cabildo, the Presbytere opened in 1795; it was planned as housing for Catholic clergy, but never used for that purpose; now a Louisiana State Museum containing the best Mardi Gras artifacts and exhibits in the region (and thats a major kudo); notice the exquisite detail in every oil painting, piece of period furniture, Creole artwork, ancient map, and other Mardi Gras oddities; it covers five major themes about Mardi Gras in New Orleans (History, Masking, Parades, Balls, and the Courir du Mardi Gras)
ADMISSION: $6 Adults, $5 Students & Seniors, Age 12 and under FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 751 Chartres at Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: French Quarter garages
TRANSIT: Riverwalk Streetcar is 2 blocks to the southeast
PHONE: 504-568-6968
WEBSITE: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/presbex.htm

National World War II Museum
DESCRIPTION: Dedicated in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the National World War II Museum, it interprets the American experience during the World War II with moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays from the Normandy invasion to the sands of Pacific Islands and the Home Front; allow 2-3 hours to visit
ADMISSION: $14, Seniors and Students with ID, $8, ages 12 thru 6 cost $6, age 5 and under enter FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: lot on premises
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar
PHONE: 504-527-6012
WEBSITE: http://www.ddaymuseum.org

Contemporary Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: A multi-disciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation and promotion of art of our time; features curated exhibitions and programs, and encourages collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, and communities
ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $3 Students & Seniors; prices vary for concerts
DAYS & HOURS: Thu-Sun 11a-4p
ADDRESS: 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: paid lot nearby and street
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar
PHONE: 504-528-3800
WEBSITE: http://www.cacno.org

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
DESCRIPTION: Part of the University of New Orleans, the “O” seeks to broaden the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South via permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, a research center, and it’s Goldring-Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture
ADMISSION: $5, Age 4 and under FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a–4p
ADDRESS: 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: lot on premises and dowtwon garages nearby
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar
PHONE: 504-539-9600
WEBSITE: http://www.ogdenmuseum.org

New Orleans Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: As the city’s elder fine arts institution, it has a accumulated a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects; given its French heritage, would correctly expect it be very strong in French and Louisiana art; it is also well represented in photography, glass, contemporary American, African and Japanese works, continues to grow; it offers a typical Eurocentric perspective on the growth of civilization from pre-Christian days to the present; five acre sculpture garden is a delight; often features fascinating exhibitions on tour
ADMISSION: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Ages 3-17 $4, Ages 2 and under FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Wed Noon-8p, Thu-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 504-658-4100
WEBSITE: http://www.noma.org

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